The IAF is now thinking big. It wants to evolve into an "expeditionary force", on the lines of the US Air Force, with "a strategic reach" far beyond national frontiers.Okay. The more the merrier.
The IAF, though the fourth largest air force in the world after US, Russia and China, knows the concept of an expeditionary force, with the ability to rapidly deploy and operate anywhere in the world, is slightly premature at this juncture.
But, IAF believes the time is soon approaching when it will have to be ready to deploy and operate at least in the geographical extent of India’s national security environment extending from the Persian Gulf to the Malacca Straits.
IAF chief Air Chief Marshal S P Tyagi last week itself told his top commanders the Force needed to strive towards its objective of "strategic reach" and "network-centric operations".
Thursday, October 27, 2005